Society of
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Masterclasses – Online Revision Masterclasses 2021

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Date(s) - 19/06/2021 - 24/07/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Zoom - virtual meeting online
Virtual - meeting , online Uk

SCBWI BI Online Revision Masterclasses 2021

Two Saturdays: 19 June and 24 July, 2021
10-4pm on Zoom

This two-part masterclass aims to help writers take their rough drafts to a publishable standard. The first workshop provides tools to systematically dissect their novels at a macro – structural – level and devise a revision plan to improve it.

The month break will allow writers to roll up their sleeves, apply what they’ve learned and come to the next workshop ready to dive into the detail. The second workshop will look at their novels at a micro level and provide practical tools for how to polish their prose and craft their submissions packets.

Both masterclasses will be delivered via Zoom.

Chance for a one-to-one critique from top literary agents: Writers who complete the course will be able to submit a cover letter, synopsis and first 1,000 words for the chance to win one-to-ones with top UK literary agents.


Saturday 19 June Workshop – Plot, Pace, Character Arc and Hook

10 – 11:30 a.m. Welcome and session on how to structurally edit a novel.

Break Time for writers to experiment with exercises and have lunch.

1 – 2:30 p.m. Session on how to review your novels character-by-character

and scene-by-scene.


3 – 4 p.m. Develop revision plans and set ‘homework’ for the next workshop.

Saturday 24 July Workshop – Polishing Every Page, Paragraph, Line and Word

10 – 11:30 a.m. Welcome back and session on dissecting and improving your story at a micro level.

Break Time for writers to experiment with exercises and have lunch.

1 – 2:30 p.m. Session on how to craft a submissions packet and target agents.


3 – 4 p.m. Wrap up with Q&A session.


Sara Grant has inspired, written or edited nearly 100 books for children. Dark Parties, her first young adult novel, won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award for Europe. Chasing Danger is her action-adventure series for middle grade readers. As a freelance editor of series fiction, she has worked on twelve different series. Sara teaches Goldsmiths University’s master’s class on writing for children/teens. She co-created Undiscovered Voices – which has launched the writing careers of nearly fifty authors and illustrators, who now have published more than 260 children’s books worldwide.Website: Twitter: @authorsaragrant


SCBWI Members: £50 for both sessions

Non-members: £70 for both sessions

A limited number of fully funded tickets are available for writers underrepresented in children’s publishing.

We recognise all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA+, BAME, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalisation.

To apply for a free place, please email with Free Places in the subject header. In no more than a few sentences, please explain how you identify as being under-represented and tell us something about your commitment to writing for children. If you are applying for the free places due to financial hardship, you do not need to explain your situation. We will trust that anyone who applies has a legitimate need.  The free places will then be allocated to all eligible applicants. The deadline for submitting applications for free places for the Revision Masterclasses is midnight on Friday, June 4th.


Bookings close 17 June, 2021 12 midnight GMT.


This event is fully booked.